Mai Chen is the founding partner of Chen Palmer NZPLS, Barristers and Solicitors, Australasia’s first public law specialist firm, which she co-founded in 1994.
James has valuable inside knowledge of how Parliament works in New Zealand. He specialises in law reform and strategic public law and is an expert in the regulation of new psychoactives, legal highs and party pills.
Marina heads the firm's Education team. She has significant Parliamentary experience and has been a specialist advisor to several Education Ministers. She has experiece in a range of public policy processes including the preparation of Cabinet papers, briefing Ministers, and preparing for Select Committees.
Anthony specialises in providing expert employment law advice, and has provided quality advice across a range of sectors. Anthony has been practicising law since 1991 and has represented a wide range of employment law clients, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure industries.
Senior Associate - Employment
Claire was admitted to the bar in 2002 after graduating from the University of Waikato with an LLB/BA. Since being admitted, Claire has specalised in employment law and has a great deal of experience in advising clients on a range of employment law issues and opportunities.
Katy was admitted to the bar in 2009, after graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in International Relations.
Kate Broadhurst was admitted to the bar in 2009. Prior to joining Chen Palmer, Kate worked in leading commercial law firms specialising in commercial litigation.
George started at Chen Palmer in 2012. He works primarily in Chen Palmer's public law, government engagement, and education teams as well as supporting the employment law and litigation teams.
Sean graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts. He joined the Wellington office of Chen Palmer.
Steph is a recent graduate of Victoria University, where she completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and French.
Sarah is a recent LLB/ BA graduate from Victoria University of Wellington, she joined Chen Palmer as a Law Clerk and is now an Associate.
Sonali is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland, she joins Chen Palmer as a Law Clerk.
Imogen recently completed a Juris Doctor degree at Monash University in Melbourne. She joins Chen Palmer as a Law Clerk
Angus has recently completed a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington.
Elena recently completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons, First Class) and a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Languages) at Victoria University.
Denise provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
Razia provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
Vicky provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
Donna provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
General Manager of NZ Asian Leaders
Karinia is responsible for implementing the vision of NZ Asian Leaders, supporting sponsors and members and managing the day to day operations of the organisation.
Chief Morale Officer
Pippin is a very friendly and energetic Border Collie. She is always avaliable to keep staff and clients entertained.